Biology Unit 8 DNA Layered Assignments

Alan Dewey
Wabasso High School 


1.  Explain the relationships among DNA, genes and chromosomes.

2.   Describe the process of DNA replication and the role of DNA and RNA in assembling protein molecules.

3.  Recognize that the work of the cell is carried out primarily by proteins, most of which are enzymes, and that protein function depends on the amino acid sequence and the shape it takes as a consequence of the interactions between those amino acids.

4.  Explain how mutations like deletions, insertions, rearrangements or substitutions of DNA segments in gametes may have no effect, may harm, or rarely may be beneficial, and can result in genetic variation within a species.

LAYER C- BASIC UNDERSTANDING (Choose a total of 75 pts from the assignments below. 

* indicates a required assignment.  Must be present in class to earn points for notes.)

Day 1- 20th Century Genetics Video

____ *1a.   Write down three questions you have from video (VL-5 pts).

Day 2- DNA Extraction Lab

____ *1b. Perform the DNA extraction lab (BK-5 pts).

Day 3- DNA Notes

____ *1c. Summarize the relationship between DNA, genes and chromosomes (VL-5 pts).

____ 1d.   Draw, color & label a picture of DNA. (VS-5 pts).

____ 1e. Make a model of DNA from beads and string. (BK-5 pts).

____ 1f. Complete DNA worksheet (VL-5 pts).

Day 4-Video review, DNA replication

____ *2a. Complete worksheets in class (VL-5 pts).

____ 2b. Write and explain a summary of DNA replication (VL-5 pts).

____ 2c. Make a poster illustrating the process of DNA replication (VS-5 pts).

____ 2d. Model the process of DNA replication using clay (BK-5 pts).

Day 5- DNA vs. RNA

____ 2e. Make a table or Venn diagram comparing DNA and RNA (LM-5 pts).

____ 2f. Make a poster comparing DNA and RNA (VS-5 pts).

____ 2g. Complete concept map worksheet comparing DNA and RNA (VL-5 pts). 

 Days 6-8- Protein Synthesis

____ 2-3a.   Complete protein synthesis worksheets (VL-10 pts).

____ 2-3b.   Draw, label, and explain the process of protein synthesis (VS-10 pts).

____ 2-3c.  In groups of 3-4, create a skit about the process of protein synthesis (BK, IE-10 pts).

____ 2-3d.   With a partner, write a song about the process of protein synthesis (MU, IE-10 pts).

____ 2-3e.   With a partner, create a game about protein synthesis (LM, VS, IE-10 pts).

____ *2-3f.   Complete MiniLab 11-1 pg. 299 (LM, VL-5 pts). 

 Days 9-10- Mutations

____ *4a. Complete mutation worksheets (VL-5 pts).

____ *4b.  Complete Problem-Solving Lab 11-3 pg. 305 and MiniLab 11-2 pg. 306 (LM, VL-5 pts). 

____ *All. Complete unit quiz- must get 7/10 in order to pass the unit (VL-10 pts).

____ All.   Listen to lecture and take notes each day (VL)  1    2    3    4    5 

____ All. Make vocabulary flashcards for all relevant terms in the unit (VL-5 pts).

____ All. Secretary position- proofread and edit another student’s written assignment (VL-5 pts). 

 Days 12-13- Layer B lab days

 Day 14- Layer A work day/All assignments due



 Using 2 resources cited below, either write a 1 page paper or create a 6 slide powerpoint presentation exploring one of the questions below.  When answering questions the first paragraph should be an introduction, the second paragraph should give information (pro and con), and the last paragraph or slide should include your conclusion and opinion on the question posed.  Make sure you tie your question in to the material discussed in class. 

____ 1.  Can mutations be helpful or are they always bad?  Explain with two specific mutation examples.

____ 2.   What are the most important milestones in DNA discovery?   

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Total Grade:  _____ / 100  Parent/Guardian Signature:  _____________________________